Summertime is fast approaching and it is time to get your household summer chores in order before you sit back and relax all season long (especially if you skipped spring cleaning!) Before you head out on your summer vacations or find yourself at the lake every weekend, it is important that you don’t neglect your home from these tasks, in order to keep a clean and healthy home!

1. Window wash – let all the natural light shine into your home through freshly cleaned windows! Wiping away dirt and grime from the long winter months will make a huge difference next time you look outside. Once you have cleaned both the interior and exterior windows, hose down or vacuum your screens before installing them for the summer months. If you notice a tear or rip in any of them, look to have them replaced 

2. Inspect your home’s exterior – we went through a rough winter, especially starting off with a huge earthquake. Now that the weather is nicer and snow has melted, really take a look at the condition of your home’s exterior and see if there are any cracks or missing pieces that you didn’t notice before. Keeping a nice and perfect condition exterior is important in keeping up your home’s curb appeal and also for your home’s health – it’s the protection of what’s inside!

3. Freshen up the patio or deck – another part of your home that endured a long winter! If you have a wood deck, check for any splinters, loose nails or rotted wood, if it is brick, check for any broken or missing pieces, and if it is cement, check for any holes or cracks. For wooden decks, it is a good idea to either stain or paint it each summer in order to create a longer lifespan, and if it is cement, sealing it each year not only creates for a better look but also for a longer lifespan as well.

4. Tend to your landscaping and gardens. Keeping up with your curb appeal means keeping up with your landscaping and gardening. Each summer, your gardens should be filled with new, fresh mulch that creates a clean and crisp appearance, while also benefiting your trees, bushes, and plants. While you are down and dirty with the mulch, also see what needs trimming or cutting. Ensure that any branches from trees and bushes are not going to compromise the exterior of your home – especially staying away from your roof and vent units.

5. Check your gutters – if you didn’t do this after autumn, this is especially important! Keeping your gutters clean and free of debris is crucial in keeping up with the maintenance of your home. If your gutters are not cleaned, it can lead to water problems inside your home which is the last thing you’ll want to deal with this summer! Also, check that your downspouts are leading stormwater as far away from your home as possible. If it isn’t, consider adding in extensions to ensure that water isn’t being pooled at the base of your home.

6. Reverse the direction of your ceiling fans – during the summer months, you want your fans to be spinning in a counterclockwise position so that it pushes cool air down into your rooms.

7. Check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Self-explanatory, this checklist item is essential every season!

8. Check for leaks – take a look at your outdoor faucets and hoses to check for any holes or dripping. Even little drips can lead to lots of wasted water and higher utility bills!